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Mense Hall named for former CCU administrator

May 17, 2016
Louis Henry “Hank” MenseHank Mense with his grandson, 1st Lt. Hunter Mense.

Coastal Carolina University has recognized a former Coastal Carolina University administrator by naming a campus building in his honor. The Cmdr. Louis “Hank” Mense Hall, located at 105 Chanticleer Drive E., was recently dedicated. The building houses CCU’s ROTC program.

Louis Henry “Hank” Mense joined Coastal Carolina’s administrative staff in 1978, serving as associate director of records, associate director of registration and associate director of admissions. He has provided leadership in a variety of advisory roles and has been instrumental in fundraising efforts as well.

“Hank Mense’s commitment to Coastal Carolina University is second to none,” said CCU President David A. DeCenzo. “He has been steadfast in dedicating his time and talents to ensure Coastal continues to evolve and prosper. It is with great respect that we recognize Hank by naming a building on campus in his honor.”

Mense continues to serve CCU as a member of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration board of visitors, including a term as chairman from 1998 to 2000. He has served on the Coastal Educational Foundation since 2001. In 2010, Mense was named a CCU honorary founder for his important roles in the development of the University and the promotion of higher education in the region.

He is the president of Emenson LLC, an ownership/management company for warehouse storage facilities serving the Grand Strand area. Born in Menomonie, Wis., Mense served 23 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring at the rank of commander after three commands at sea. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Mense and his wife Lucille have three grown children and seven grandchildren. He is a member and an elder of First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach. Mense is a past president of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club and of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, where he is a member of the prestigious Alligator Club.